Local Events

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Many events may be cancelled to avoid spread of Covid-19, so please check before going

Holmes Educational State Forest – 2020 Program Schedule

Do you have an interest in forestry-related program topics? School field trips, Scout programs, family events or professional development? We are happy to work with your topic of interest if you have a group of 10 or more participants. In the coming year, we will continue to partner with rangers at DuPont State Recreational Forest for additional offerings. Look for us on the trails, at the Visitor Center or at Guion Farm.

Effective at noon on Friday, March 20, 2020, due to public safety and in support of social distancing no special use permits of any kind are being issued in person at State Forests or other NCFS locations and Forest amenities are temporarily closed to the public until further notice including offices, education and visitor centers, restrooms and picnic shelters.

For more information, contact Holmes Educational State Forest at (828) 692-0100.
1299 Crab Creek Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28739
Email: Holmesesf.ncfs@ncagr.gov
Website: https://www.ncesf.org/holmes.html

Winter 2020 Newsletter

70th Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage In t​he Great Smoky Mountains National Park
April 22 – 25, 2020 CANCELLED

Mark your calendars for the 2021 event on April 21-24.


Hellbenders – seen one? They area species of special concern, as they seem to be declining. That’s the point of this project. They are seldom seen, hiding under rocks. Don’t flip those rocks! Just gps them or note physical location. Eyeball length, note time of day and email lori.williams@ncwildlife.org or call 866.318.2401.

Discover Natural Transylvania

All Transylvania County Library events are CANCELLED until further notice.

Discover Natural Transylvania is a monthly program series at the Transylvania County Library exploring the place where we live, work, and play. Presenters include experts in the fields of ecology, biology, geology, flora, fauna, outdoor recreation, and more. The programs are on the first Thursday evening of most months at 6:30 pm in the
Rogow Room, Transylvania County Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, North Carolina 28712. Each program lasts approximately one hour. Light refreshments are provided. These free programs are supported by the Friends of the Library. For more information contact Marcy Thompson at 828-884-1820. Email: marcy.thompson@transylvaniacounty.org

Bag Lunch Arts
Our monthly Bag Lunch Arts Series spotlights authors, artists, performers, and speakers sharing their talent and knowledge. Held on the third Tuesday of most months at 12 noon in the Rogow Family Community Room, Transylvania County Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, North Carolina 28712. Patrons are encouraged to bring along a bag lunch to enjoy before the program. Cookies and coffee are courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Programs last approximately one hour.

Tuesday, April 21 – National Library Week program and Bag Lunch combined. Grandma Gatewood: A Character Portrayal by Anne Van Curen.

Tuesday, May 19 – Famous and Infamous Women of North Carolina. Presented by Randall Jones.

Tuesday, June 16 – The History of the Pisgah Inn. Presented by author Marci Spencer.

Tuesday, July 21 – Around the World in 80 Days – The Women: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland. Presented by Paula Withrow.

Tuesday, August 18 – 19th Amendment Celebration – Program to be announced.

Connestee Falls Mountain Gardeners 2020 Garden Tour

JULY 11 – 9am – 2pm, (July 18 Rain Date)

  • Make it a group field trip or bring a friend!

For additional information, contact Kathy Cordier (kathycordier@yahoo.com;
828 877.3588 )

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

cullowheeJuly 22-25, 2020
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
2020 Registration opens April 13

The purpose of the Cullowhee Conference is to increase interest in and knowledge of propagating and preserving native southeastern plant species in the landscape. Past participants of the conference have included landscape architects, commercial nursery operators, garden club members, botanists, and horticulturists from state highway departments, universities, native plant societies, botanical gardens, and arboretums. Both professionals and laypersons will gain valuable knowledge from the informative field trips, lectures, and workshops.

The program schedule allows for informal sessions where participants can exchange ideas. We encourage you to make good use of this opportunity. Information and materials can be displayed and exchanged in each residence hall lobby. Please bring materials you wish to share.

Friends of the Oklawaha

Henderson County is developing a new Greenway Master Plan. For more information and to  complete a short survey go to https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/greenway-network

The Greenway Master Plan establishes and communicates a broad vision for a countywide Greenway Network, and provides guidance to Henderson County and its partners, so that all involved can collaboratively work towards and benefit from that vision.

Wes Burlingame was a member of our club who led many outings, including on the Oklawaha Greenway. The Hendersonville City Council recently approved the development of a native plants garden on the Greenway in memory of Wes, a local nurseryman, lecturer and environmentalist. For three decades, Wes enthusiastically promoted the use of native plantings in private and public gardens throughout Henderson County. As a member of the Hendersonville Tree Board, he led Native Tree Walks on the Greenway and developed its pollinator beds. Volunteers will begin planting the area around the Greenway’s red kiosk in March. Tax deductible donations for the garden can be made through MountainTrue via the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway website at: https://www.friendsofoklawaha.org/6donate.php. Please make sure all donations are clearly marked “Friends of Oklawaha for Burlingame Memorial Garden” by using the prompt “Is there anything you want us to know?” on the last screen of the donation’s processing.






NC Arboretum Adult Education Classes
NC Arboretum Calendar of Events

Grow Magazine

Due to recent further mandates on social distancing set forth by federal, state and local government officials, it is with deep sadness that we announce the Arboretum will be closing effective at 5 p.m., Monday, March 30 until further notice.

bullingtonBullington Gardens Events & Workshops

95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville NC 28792
Call (828) 698-6104 for more information.


The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

Effective March 25, 2020, the Botanical Gardens are closed. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are closed. All April classes have been cancelled.

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville offers many helpful and informative classes designed to deepen your relationship to the region’s flora and fauna and to help you successfully landscape with natives. We enjoy relationships with many of the region’s naturalist experts. Thanks to their generosity, we can offer our community an in-depth and affordable look at one of the world’s most unique and diverse native habitats.

Click here for calendar. For more information call 828.258.8737 x 216 or Email: susan@mountaintrue.org

North Carolina Native Plant Society – Western Chapter


Contact botanynerd89@gmail.com for more details or https://www.facebook.com/botanynerds

Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe
55 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-6734

Find out more information about upcoming events on our website:  www.malaprops.com/event

Submit events for inclusion to wcbotanicalclub@gmail.com